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Old 08-25-2010, 04:15 PM
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We're doing a job on this property this week. I took a few more photos from around the back of the property and in the garage.

You guys guessed it. The guy is a retired engineer. About 80 years old. Pretty smart guy too. Just has his own unique way of doing irrigation.


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Old 08-25-2010, 04:17 PM
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A few more "choice" photos....


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Old 08-25-2010, 04:25 PM
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I think I'm going to go wash my eyes out with bleach.
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:36 PM
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LOL.

It's hard to tell from the photos because they all sort of look the same. But there are 3 locations on the property where he's constructed those large wooden "manifolds", if you can call them that.

That, plus another few errant valves on the side of the house, etc. and he's got like 20+ valves going on. And it's a small property. If I were going to install a new system on this property, it would have been a 6-7 zone system. That's it. This is all way more complicated than it ever needed to be.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:04 PM
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Ok Jim, I know that a hack like myself would work on and just repair what is needed. Are you making him replace and upgrade everything, or are you just fixing what is needed? Just curious.
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I saw these domed jobbies on "Lost" ...... they kept the evil Locke away when energized.





P.S. That wood siding looks like interior paneling from the mid 1970's !
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:20 PM
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That's just F**king horrible!
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:27 PM
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Ok Jim, I know that a hack like myself would work on and just repair what is needed. Are you making him replace and upgrade everything, or are you just fixing what is needed? Just curious.
Neither, really. We didn't mess with the system in place. Way too much to mess with and he doesn't have the money to replace. I didn't even try.

We were hired to install 2 new zones, 3 hose bibs (off the new main line). Except for the controller, we basically just installed a whole new sprinkler system. New backflow device, new underground valves in a nice manifold and valve box, drain valves, spray heads at ground level with proper placement. So he now has 2 new zones that are actually done well, on top of the 20 or so he had already done for himself.

Sometimes you just have to take the money and try to ignore the fact that you'd rather make him redo it all. In times like these, we take what we can get. If I had insisted on making him redo everything, I never would have got the job. And it was a decent job for this time of year.

Now if he had wanted me to work on the existing system, I don't think we could have really done it. It's just all wrong. And I hate not having control of the entire system (warranty issues, etc.) But in this case, we are just warrantying the 2 new zones we installed. Which I am fine with because it's all new and all done right - even the backflow device.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:29 PM
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I feel sorry for yah Jim.. This is what I got to work on most of the day today
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:36 PM
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Well, that is beautiful.

But don't feel too sorry for me. That was just one of 3 jobs we were installing today. It wasn't me. It was just my workers there all day. I just stop by occasionally to make sure it's all going in well. My guys all been with me for 6 years or more so there isn't much supervision needed these days. I was home half the day working on other stuff and in my A/C pickup just driving around giving estimates most of the rest of time.

I don't worry too much about what kind of properties we work on. It could be some cheesy landscape like that or some million dollar home with a beautiful landscape. As long as we're making the same hourly rate, I don't get too concerned about how nice the property looks. We've done work on hundreds of nice properties. Lots of nice projects to our credit. So if we have to work in some less than desirable landscapes sometimes, no problem. Long as they pay the same, I don't care. We made good profit on that job. And we improved things. It was a step in the right direction.
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